Korean Government through Exim Bank will inject Sh2.5billion in the Multi-purpose Dam at Kocholia in Teso North, with the Feasibility study set to start in January, 2019.
Hyonjong Lee from Exim Bank who met the Busia Delegation led By Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi at Kisumu Hotel on Thursday said they have agreed with the County Government that the dam ownership and risk mitigation tools will be the responsibility of the the County.
Margaret Irungu from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation said the total cost of the project is Sh5.8b with the Kenyan Government through various multiagency pumping in Sh1.9b and African Development Sh1.4b.
“The project will be completed by 2024. It is a multipurpose project because it will support irrigation component, supply water for domestic use; it will have a hydropower, and from irrigation part we are going to have value addition of the project so export of these crops will be carried out by horticultural directorate,” she said.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi assured the Korean delegation that the County Government was in the country to appraise the project of their total support, adding that the multi-purpose dam will improve the lives of Teso North, Teso South and Nambale Sub County residents.
Although water from the dam is estimated to serve 4,600 households, the DG said the 60million cubic metres capacity dam might cover a wider population. Over 7,000 acres will be availed for the project.
County Executive Committee Member for Public Works Okwara Ekirapa said the community has embraced the project, adding that Sh5.8b is inclusive money for compensation.
Members of County Assembly from the region including Grace Omasete (Angurai South), Job Oteba (Angurai East), David Kokonya (Malaba South) and Benard Papa (Malaba Central) said water is crucial factor in the area.